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Full text of "Marine Corps vision & strategy 2025 : executive summary"

Background 

The Commandant established a Strategic Vision Group (SVG) in 
June of 2007 . The group was created in order to aid General 
Conway to posture the Marine Corps for the future. With a small 
dedicated cell, and connecting files to our current and past 
leadership and the operating forces, the group has been working 
now for a year to fulfill its charter. 

The SVG was charged to assess the emerging and future security 
environment facing the United States and potential adversaries. 
The initial mark given for future environments was 2025 . After 
assessing the range of potential futures and the changing character 
of conflict, the SVG was tasked with determining the implications 
to national security and proposing steps to ensure the Marine 
Corps' continued readiness. 

The SVG assessment was informed by a number of studies such 
as the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review, National Intelligence 
Council assessments, the U. S. Joint Forces Command's Joint 
Operational Environment, and the Marine Corps Intelligence 
Activity mid- and long-range threat estimates. The SVG also 
reached out to U.S. and allied studies, fostered relationships with 
similar cells in sister Services, and consulted with business and 
academic experts to define the strategic and operational 
environment that the Marine Corps will find itself in tomorrow. 
The synthesis of these assessments and the future force 
implications led to the development of an updated Marine Corps 
Vision and Strategy publication. This document is excerpted 
below. It provides a comprehensive, actionable, and compelling 
narrative that ensures the Marine Corps' continued service as the 
Nation's "force in readiness." A full version can be found in the 
publications section at www. marines mil along with additional 
information on the SVG home page, listed under the MCBQ 
Activities tab at www. quant ico .usmc mil . 



Marine Corps Vision and Strategy 2025 
Executive Summary 



Table of Contents 

Section Page 

Foreword 1 

Purpose and Role in the Future Security Environment . .3 
Marine Corps Values, Principles, and Competencies . .5 

Marine Corps Vision 2025 10 

Strategy Statement and Objectives for 2025 15 

Conclusion 25 




Foreword 



Our Nation faces challenges that are global 
in reach and scope. While today's Marines are 
performing superbly in every clime and place, 
our institution must also devote attention to 
tomorrow's threats and opportunities. 




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It is our obligation to subsequent 
generations of Marines, and to our Nation, to 
always have an eye to the future — to prepare 
for tomorrow's challenges today. This Vision 



and Strategy document confirms who we are, what we believe, and 
what we do. It establishes the foundation for our operational 
concepts and identifies the critical steps needed to shape our Corps 
for an increasingly volatile and uncertain future. It is grounded 
firmly in our legislated role as the Nation's "force in readiness," 
and it will guide our Service so that we are properly organized, 
trained, equipped, and prepared for tomorrow's challenges. 

With little warning, our Nation calls its Corps of Marines front 
and center during its most challenging times. Responding rapidly to 
crisis and strategic surprise is an integral part of our history as a 
Corps. In the South Pacific after Pearl Harbor, in Korea after the 
communist invasion in 1950, in the jungle outposts of Viet Nam, in 
the deserts of Southwest Asia, and in the mountains of Afghanistan 
— Marines have distinguished themselves as an expeditionary, 
multicapable force able to respond and win battles for our Nation. 

We have been prepared in the past because we understood that a 
force in readiness must be well-trained, broadly educated, and 
properly equipped for employment across all forms of warfare. We 
believe the individual Marine is the most formidable weapon on 
today's battlefield and will remain so tomorrow. Whatever the 
future holds, our emphasis on making Marines will not change. 



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Expeditionary excellence requires Marines who are morally, 
physically, and mentally tough. Marines must be agile, capable of 
transitioning seamlessly between fighting, training, advising, and 
assisting — or performing all of these tasks simultaneously. 

Though our Corps has recently proven itself in "sustained 
operations ashore," future operational environments will place a 
premium on agile expeditionary forces, able to act with 
unprecedented speed and versatility in austere conditions against a 
wide range of adversaries. We must be a two fisted fighter — able 
to destroy enemy formations with our scalable air- ground -logistics 
teams in major contingencies, but equally able to employ our hard 
earned irregular warfare skills honed over decades of conflict. Our 
Corps must serve credibly as a persistently engaged and 
multicapable force, able to draw upon contributions from our Total 
Force, in order to address the full range of contingencies the future 
will undoubtedly present. In short, we must be prepared to move 
with speed, "live hard," and accomplish any mission. 

This document details my vision of the future Corps and a plan 
for creating the Marine Corps of 2025 . The future Marine Corps 
will fulfill its unique role and extend its legacy as the world's 
premier expeditionary fighting force. To enhance its operational 
utility to combatant commanders, the Corps will be preventative in 
approach, leaner in equipment, versatile in capabilities, innovative 
in mindset, and increasingly reliant on naval deployment. 

Marines are a breed apart — born of epic battles and tempered in 
the ultimate crucible of combat. We will carry our rich legacy 
forward and continue to honorably serve our Nation. The Marine 
Corps is committed to providing the Nation its expeditionary 
"Force of Choice" for tomorrow's challenges. 




James T. Conway 
General, U.S. Marine Corps 
Commandant of the Marine Corps 



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Purpose and Role in the Future Security 
Environment 

Purpose 

The purpose of the vision and strategy document is to inform all 
Marines where we intend to take our Corps, to give combatant 
commanders a concept of how we might best be employed, and to 
provide our civilian leadership a reference point as to how we see 
Marine Corps contributions to national defense in the coming years 
and decades. This document is grounded in the Marine Corps' 
identity, ethos, values, and competencies. It serves as the principal 
strategic planning document for our Corps and reflects our 
legislated roles, functions, and composition. Derived from strategic 
guidance at the national and departmental level, it illustrates our 
utility and value within the joint warfighting community. 

The vision section describes a Marine Corps adapting to fulfill 
our role in the Nation's defense in an inherently unpredictable 
future. It is founded on our enduring characteristics and capabilities, 
but also reflects shifts in posture and practice designed to enhance 
today's Corps for tomorrow's challenges. The strategy section lays 
out a strategy statement as well as a set of institutional objectives to 
realize the vision and meet the challenges of the 21 st century. 

Our Service capstone concept and supporting operating concepts 
will flow from the vision and strategy, as will the more detailed 
plans of the deputy commandants and subordinate commanders. 
The development of these plans will be directed by the 
Implementation Planning Guidance which will be published in 
subsequent documents. Together these documents will provide an 
actionable plan to ensure the Corps preserves its fundamental ethos, 
adaptability, and relevance to the combatant commanders' 
requirements today, while shaping itself to meet tomorrow's 
security challenges. 



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Role in the Future Security Environment 

As we prepare for an unpredictable future, we must continue to 
adapt to the ever-changing character and conduct of warfare, while 
remaining cognizant of its 

fundamentally unchanging "The first feature we can 

nature. What Congress described predict with confidence is 
as "fleet marine forces of that there is going to be a 

combined arms, together with blurring, a further blurring, 
supporting air components" - of warfare categories." 
known today as Marine air - Colin S. Gray, 

ground task forces (MAGTFs) - Another Bloody Century: 
provides the primary means Future Warfare 

through which we engage with 

partners, assist victims, or strike with determination against our 
foes. Our future remains true to the idea that a Corps of Marines - 
who are well- trained, equipped, and educated in the art and 
science of war - can leverage the great advantages of seapower 
through rapid and decisive action in and around the littorals. 

Our Nation's global interests, the international community's 
need for stability, and the range of missions that must be fulfilled 
demand a discriminating, multicapable force. This force must be 
highly trained and educated to function in both current and 
emerging operational environments against evolving foes. The 
Nation requires very capable forces, covering the greatest range of 
tasks, at an affordable cost that can minimize the risks inherent in 
an unforeseeable future. Truly expeditionary forces must have the 
ability to engage rapidly and in all conditions against enemies that 
adapt weapons or tactics to fight us asymmetrically. For the Corps, 
we must continue to prepare for the challenges that loom on the 
horizon. We are by law, and will continue to be, the Nation's 
force in readiness - "most ready when the Nation is least ready." 



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Marine Corps Values, Principles, and Competencies 



This chapter describes our values, principles, and competencies. 
They capture who we are, what we believe, and what we do . 

a. Core Values . Our values reflect those of the American 
people and define who we are. We are men and women who 
hold true to our Core Values of Honor, Courage, and 
Commitment. They are our touchstones in times of peril and 
adversity. They guide the actions of every individual who has 
earned the title ... "Marine" 

b. Enduring Principles . Principles define fundamental beliefs 
that form the foundation from which Marines derive their ethos 
and basic operating instincts. The following principles help to 
further define the cultural identity of Marines in the most basic 
terms - they express what we believe: 




Every Marine a Rifleman. Every Marine — regardless of 
military occupational specialty — is first and foremost a 
disciplined warrior. 

Expeditionary Naval Force. Marines are "soldiers of the sea," 
an integral part of the naval Services — lean, versatile, flexible, 
and ready. We are organized, trained, and equipped to conduct 
naval campaigns and operate on and from naval platforms, or to 
fight in protracted campaigns ashore. 

Combined Arms Organization. In 1952, Congress directed the 
Marine Corps' composition as an air-ground combined arms force. 
This integrated force, known as the MAGTF, has unique and 
incomparable warfighting capabilities. Our MAGTF contains 
organic air, ground, and logistics elements under a single command 
element, making it an effective and integrated combined arms force. 

Ready and Forward Deployed. Congress 9 intent that the 
Marine Corps serve as the u force in readiness" was founded on a 
recognized national need for a force capable of rapid response to 
emerging crises. This requirement mandates high standards of 
readiness across the force. We are routinely forward deployed around 
the globe and stand prepared to respond quickly in times of crisis. 

Agile and Adaptable. The Marine Corps' agility is based on its 
expeditionary mindset and flexible structure, able to operate either 
from the sea or in sustained operations ashore. We can adapt quickly 
with unparalleled speed across an extraordinary range of military 
operations. Our organizational design and training facilitate a 
seamless transition between these operations, providing the necessary 
capability to operate effectively. 

Marines Take Care of Their Own. We q 

are stewards of the most important resource}^ 
entrusted to us — our Nation's sons and 
daughters. We make Marines, imbue them 
with our Core Values, and offer them the 
opportunity to serve a cause greater than 
themselves. Marines live up to the motto, 
Semper Fidelis. We are faithful to those who 
fall and we care for our wounded Marines 
and their families. 




c. Core Competencies . Core competencies reflect our 
particular skill sets and thus describe what we do . They provide 
the basis for the level of expertise and effectiveness of Marine 
Corps forces. They are our fundamental contribution to our 
Nation's defense. Though enduring, they are not static; as 
necessary, new competencies must be developed and honed to 
meet emerging challenges. 

1. The Corps conducts persistent forward naval 
engagement and is always prepared to respond as the 
Nation's force in readiness. We understand that true 
readiness means much more than being deploy able. It 
requires a force that is y 
deployed with our Navy 
shipmates, engaged in the 
littorals, and contributing 
to the prevention of 
conflict. This agile force 
can react rapidly across 
the range of military 

operations and must prevail, even thrive, in the uncertainty 
and chaos of emerging crises. 

2. The Corps employs integrated combined arms across 
the range of military operations and can operate as part 
of a joint or multinational force. Marine employment and 
integration of air- and ground-based capabilities reflects 
our innovative approach to warfighting. History has shown 
that this approach can be applied with effect in missions 
that range from security cooperation to major combat 

operations. Our 
MAGTFs are task- 
organized for each 
mission and can be 
employed independently, 
or as part of a joint or 
multinational force. 





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3. The Corps provides 
forces and specialized 
detachments for service 
aboard naval ships, on 
stations, and for operations 
ashore. Our modernization 
programs for the future are 
being designed to allow 
Marine Corps forces to 
seamlessly deploy, project power, and fight from naval 
vessels or austere expeditionary bases, or any combination 
thereof. Our close association with the Navy continues 
today, along with a growing interaction with the Coast 
Guard. 

4. The Corps conducts joint forcible entry operations 
from the sea and develops amphibious landing force 
capabilities and doctrine. When access to critical regions 
or allies is denied or in jeopardy, forward deployed, 
rapidly employable Marine Corps forces are trained and 
ready to execute amphibious operations to overcome 
enemy defenses. Together, the Navy and Marine Corps 
provide the Nation with its primary capability to swiftly 
project and sustain combat power ashore in the face of 
armed opposition. We leverage available joint and naval 
capabilities, project sustainable combat power ashore, and 
secure entry for follow-on forces. 



i( There is little that will sober an enemy more surely than the 
knowledge that somewhere, just over the horizon, lies a force of 
well-trained, well-equipped Marines in competently manned ships 
capable of delivering a stunning amphibious blow at a point and 
time of their own choosing" 
Lieutenant General 
Victor Krulak, 
United States Marine Corps 



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5. The Corps conducts complex expeditionary operations 
in the urban littorals and other challenging 
environments. The Marine Corps' historical ability to 
conduct expeditionary operations, such as irregular 
warfare, against emerging threats in complex 
environments is well documented. These operations 
include counterinsurgency; counterterrorism; train, advise, 
and assist activities; and 
stability tasks . The 
complexity of these 
missions has increased due 
to the presence of large 
numbers of noncombatants, 
urbanization in the littorals, 
and the dynamics of the 
information environment. 



6. The Corps leads joint and multinational operations 
and enables interagency activities. Marines are well 
qualified to enable the introduction of follow-on forces 
and facilitate the integration of military and interagency 
efforts. This interoperability mandates the establishment of 
enduring relationships and the orchestration of diverse 
capabilities, organizations, and cultural awareness across 
all aspects of an operation. 



Marine Corps Vision 2025 

The Marine Corps of the future will be the Nation's 
expeditionary force of choice. It will be — 

a. Dedicated to making Marines imbued with the ideal of 
selfless service to the Nation. Our success as a Corps depends 
directly on our ability to recruit, train, and retain the best 
Marines possible. Young men and women will join our Corps 
confident in our ability to train and lead them well and employ 
them in ways that make a difference. Our Battle Colors have 
been passed to a new generation of Marines who are shouldering 
them with the same grit and determination as generations past. 
They are part of a great legacy of Marines that will someday 
pass our Battle Colors to yet another generation. 




b. Prepared to "live hard" in uncertain, chaotic, and austere 
environments. Marine Corps forces must be organized, trained, 
equipped, and deployed with the expectation of operating in 
inhospitable conditions against committed and competent foes. 



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We will maintain 
an expeditionary 
mindset in our air 
and ground 
elements and in all 
we do - 

emphasizing speed 
of execution, 
agility, and 
flexibility. 

c. Deployed forward with relevant and timely capabilities. 

Marine Corps forces will bring proven capabilities to combatant 
commanders to accomplish a wide range of tasks. We will — 

1. Operate forward with a regional focus, yet be globally 
capable. 

2. Execute persistent forward engagement and security 
cooperation activities. 

3. Respond swiftly, with 
little warning, to 
emerging crises. 

4. Maximize speed and 
freedom of action 
through seabasing, while 
minimizing footprint 
ashore. 

5. Conduct joint forcible entry operations from the sea. 

6. Engage in sustained operations ashore, as required. 

d. Forged to be lean, agile, and adaptable as individuals and 
as an institution. We will practice a self-disciplined approach 
to force design and development. These efforts will strike a 
balance between being heavy enough to sustain expeditionary 
warfare and light enough to facilitate rapid deployment. We 
will apply lessons learned from current operations to maintain 
an edge against ever- adapting opponents. 




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"The essence of maneuver is 
taking action to genrate and 
exploit some hind of 
advantage over the enemy as 
a means of accomplishing 
our objective as effecively as 
possible. That advantage 
may be psychlogical, 
tecnological, or temporal 
as well as spatial" 
Marine Corps Doctrinal 
Publication 1, Warfighting 



e. Focused on executing 
sustainable expeditionary 
operations. We will ensure that 
we maintain the ability to sustain 
ourselves in operations through 
the use of either a sea base or an 
initial lodgment ashore. The 
organic sustainability of our 
MAGTFs is a unique and critical 
force enabler in such conditions, 
particularly early in an operation. 
We must remain committed to 
fielding sustainable forces, 
exploiting joint capabilities, and 
leveraging the advantages of seabasing. 

f. Trained and equipped to lead joint and multinational 
operations and enable interagency activities. Marines take 
pride in being "first to fight," and historically have a record of 
being the first to respond to many emergencies and disasters. 
As first responders, we have experience integrating many 
organizations with different levels of capability into an effective 
team. In the future, Marine Corps forces may be required to 
remain actively engaged for longer periods alongside our joint, 
multinational, and interagency partners. 



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g. Educated and trained to understand and defeat 
adversaries in complex conflicts. We will go to greater lengths 
to understand our enemies and the range of cultural, societal, 
and political factors affecting all with whom we interact. Our 




training and education programs will provide skills that enable 
civil-military and combat operations and are particularly 
important in complex environments. The ability to conduct both 
types of operations, simultaneously, is the essence of the force 
as a "two-fisted fighter" — capable of offering an open hand to 
people in need or a precise jab to an adversary in an irregular 
warfare environment; while at the same time, ready to wield a 
closed fist in the event of major combat operations. 



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h. Committed to taking care of 
Marines and their families. While 
the ideals of service to Corps and 
Country have not changed, the 
conditions of service are constantly 
changing, as are the needs and 
wants of Marine families. Marines 
have reasonable expectations 
regarding housing, schools, and 
family support, and it is incumbent 
upon us to support our Marines in 
these key areas. 



Vision Statement 

The Marine Corps of 2025 will fight and win our Nation 's battles 
with multicapable MAGTFs, either from the sea or in sustained 
operations ashore. Our unique role as the Nation's force in 
readiness, along with our values, enduring ethos, and core 
competencies, will ensure we remain highly responsive to the needs 
of combatant commanders in an uncertain environment and against 
irregular threats. Our future Corps will be increasingly reliant on 
naval deployment, preventative in approach, leaner in equipment, 
versatile in capabilities, and innovative in mindset. In an evolving 
and complex world, we will excel as the Nation's expeditionary 
<( force of choice/' 



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Strategy Statement and Objectives for 2025 

The following strategy statement and prioritized objectives 
reflect the Marine Corps' concept to implement our Service vision. 

a. Strategy Statement . 

The Marine Corps' unique contribution to national defense is its 
role as the Nation's force in readiness, able to respond rapidly 
and decisively to crises anywhere in the world. The Corps will 
continue to fulfill that role — while improving its combat 
capability to prevail against emerging threats in complex 
environments. 

The Corps will be — 

1. Organized to execute operations with lethal and lean 
MAGTFs that are mission tailored and able to operate as 
part of a naval and joint team. 

2. Optimized to conduct naval expeditionary operations 
while retaining the institutional agility, battlefield 
flexibility, and initiative to meet constantly changing 
conditions of war. 

3. Modernized with equipment and logistics that expand 
expeditionary capability and preserve our ability to operate 
from the sea. 

4. Postured to prevent or respond to crises with forward 
positioned MAGTFs — both afloat and ashore — that are 
engaged and ready to act decisively in response to 
combatant commanders' requirements. 

These methods will be employed in order to provide the Nation 
unmatched strategic freedom of maneuver and operational 
flexibility throughout the 21 st century. 



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b. Objectives . The Marine Corps 
will achieve the following 
objectives: 

1. Focus on the Individual 
Marine. The individual Marine 
will remain our most important 
warfighting asset. The 
recruitment, training, professional 
education, and retention of high- 
quality, disciplined warriors 

imbued with our core values is paramount to our mission. 
We will continue to exploit technology to enhance the 
performance of the individual warrior. Marines at all 
levels must be prepared to excel in ambiguous and 
dangerous conditions, operate from a commander's intent, 
and with minimal direct supervision. 

2. Improve Training and Education for Fog, Friction, 
and Uncertainty. Our realistic 
training and education system will 
prepare Marines for complex 
conditions and to counter the 
unexpected. It will provide small 
unit leaders the tactical acumen 
and knowledge to develop and 
assess these conditions in order to 
make sound decisions, and the 
proficiency to employ supporting 
intelligence, fires, and information 
resources. Our noncommissioned 
and junior officers will be 
prepared for greater responsibility 
in an increasingly complex environment while potentially 
operating in a decentralized manner. 

3. Expand Persistent Forward Presence and 
Engagement. The Marine Corps will develop a plan to 
provide a tailored, persistently engaged, contingency- 
capable MAGTF in five prioritized regions: 

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a) East and Southeast Asia Littorals (US Pacific 
Command). 

b) Red Sea, Arabian Gulf and Arabian Sea Littorals (US 
Central Command [USCENTCOM]). 

c) East and West Africa Littorals (USCENTCOM, US 
Africa Command [USAFRICOM]). 

d) Latin America and the Caribbean Basin (US 
Southern Command). 

e) Mediterranean Sea/North Africa Littorals (US 
European Command and USAFRICOM). 




Marines will be consistently deployed in the littoral 
areas of these regions and deliberately engaged per the 
campaign plans of the respective combatant commanders. 
First, this includes the routine, rotational deployment of 
Marine expeditionary units (MEUs) to traditional Pacific, 
Indian, Arabian, and Mediterranean waters in the role of 
theater "first responders." Second, it compels the routine, 
rotational deployment of special purpose MAGTFs 



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(SPMAGTFs) employed in missions such as training and 
advising, stability, humanitarian support, and other theater 
security cooperation activities. Lastly, it requires an 
advisory group capacity within each Marine expeditionary 
force (MEF). 




We will look for opportunities to increase the number 
of Marines assigned to government and military assistance 
organizations, including country teams. At the conclusion 
of these tours, we will assign them to follow-on duties 
that apply their experience to regionally-focused 
operating, advisory, and security forces. We will 
institutionalize training and advisory duties as legitimate, 
normal career activities for all Marines, and ensure 
promotion policies reflect appropriate consideration of 
these duties. 

4. Posture for Hybrid Threats in Complex Environments. 
Without sacrificing its conventional capabilities, the Corps 
will prepare to conduct operations against hybrid threats in 
complex environments; such as urbanized littorals, 
mountainous terrain, and dense jungles. We must 
successfully identify, engage, and operate against ever 



evolving opponents who 
will exploit irregular 
approaches with modern 
lethal capabilities and 
advanced 

cybertechnology. Robust 
intelligence capabilities 
will support all levels of 
command awareness and 
decisionmaking. 




Advancements in secure 

communications will extend the commander's operational 
reach and enhance force protection. Our approach to 
problem solving and organization, our maneuver warfare 
philosophy, and our combined arms skills will continue to 
serve us well in these chaotic environments. 

5. Reinforce Naval Relationships. We share with the 
Navy a remarkable heritage and a common perspective on 
the fundamental necessity of maintaining the ability to 
operate freely in the littorals. This underwrites our ability 
to maintain access to foreign markets, provide 
humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, conduct theater 
security cooperation, and protect our national interests. To 
maintain this ability, we need the capability to conduct 
robust forcible entry operations from the sea, maritime 
interception operations (MIO), and other naval 
expeditionary force tasks. This operational capability 
requires the constant maintenance of relationships and 
skills developed through years of side-by-side service with 
the fleet. The demands of the past few years have reduced 
those side-by-side service opportunities. The Corps will 
place renewed emphasis on such training and deployments 
in order to reinvigorate that capability. 

6. Ensure Amphibious Force Levels Meet Strategic 
Requirements. We are resolved to maintain the requisite 
capacity of modern amphibious lift to support the Nation's 
ability to execute forcible entry operations from the sea 
and other combatant commander missions. 



The Nation's amphibious lift requirement has two primary 
drivers. The first is the capacity to support joint forcible 
entry operations. This is a MEF-level requirement, defined 
as the total shipping needed to lift a MEF command 
element and the assault echelon of two Marine 
expeditionary brigade (MEB) equivalents, reinforced by a 
third MEB equivalent through the use of the maritime 
prepositioning force (future) (MPF[F]). The ability to 
overcome challenges to access and to project power 
ashore is a basis of our combat credibility and 
conventional deterrent. 




The second driver is the combatant commander's needs 
for theater security cooperation, presence, and crisis 
response forces. Since the end of the Cold War, the 
frequency of these missions and other amphibious 
operations has doubled due to increased requirements for 
crisis response and flexible, persistent presence options 
for theater security initiatives. 

Given a need to balance a forcible entry capability and 
increased sea based persistent presence, the minimum 
force of operationally available amphibious ships must be 
continuously assessed. This assessment will be conducted 



in conjunction with the Navy. We will evaluate the 
number and composition of ships required to maintain an 
effective sea-based MEF-level warfighting capability as 
well as other sea-based forward presence requirements. 




7. Create Joint Seabasing Capabilities. We will improve 
our ability to cross wide expanses of ocean and remain 
persistently offshore at the place and time of our 
choosing. Joint force commanders depend upon the sea 
as both maneuver space and as a secure base of 
operations to overcome antiaccess capabilities. Our 
approach to both challenges is called seabasing. 
Seabasing provides an initial port and airfield afloat in 
the area of operations that minimizes the reliance on 
ports and airfields ashore. Though the sea base must be 
protected, it is the ideal method for projecting influence 
and power ashore in either a discrete or overt manner. 
This can be done in support of security cooperation 
activities, humanitarian assistance, adversary deterrence, 
or while executing major combat operations. 



8. Lead J ointl Multinational. Operations and Enable 
Interagency Activities. A clearly changing characteristic in 
the modern battlespace is the shift from a primarily 
military focus to one that achieves a greater degree of 
operational integration of all instruments of national 
power. Accordingly, we will extend our combined arms 
approach and add a "combined actions" orientation. We 
will better integrate interagency capabilities into our 
training, education, campaign planning, and operations 
while also improving our own capabilities to lead joint 
task forces. We will offer training and educational venues 
to joint, multinational, and interagency personnel. This 
will assist our preparation for contingencies and build the 
relationships needed when the Nation calls on the Corps to 
lead or enable a joint, multinational, or interagency effort. 




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9. Maintain a Ready and Sustainable Reserve. We will 
employ a total force approach to meet the Marine Corps' 
force generation requirements. The Marine Corps will 
pursue policies and operational practices to better develop 
and access the skill, knowledge, and expertise of Marines 
in the Reserve Component. This approach will provide the 
most effective warfighting solution for the Marine Corps' 
total force manpower requirements. The Marine Corps will 
optimize the use of its Reserve Component as an 
operational as well as a strategic force provider. 



10. Build and Deploy Multicapable MAGTFs. Our 

MAGTFs will be decisive across the range of military 
operations with their 
capacity tailored to 
combatant commanders' 
requirements. They will 
be optimized to operate 
as an integrated system 
through the air, land, 
and maritime domains, 
and the information 




environment. In order to reduce strategic and operational 
risks and provide our Nation's leadership with the 
capabilities and right capacity to execute the missions we 
are assigned, we must be properly sized. Operational 
experience confirms Congress' decision to define the 
composition of the Corps as a combined arms team with a 
specified structure. We will man, train, and sustain three 
balanced and modernized MEFs in the Active Component. 




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Conclusion 



This vision and supporting strategy establish a direction of 
advance and specific objectives for our institution. This effort is 
founded on our Congressionally- mandated functions, exploits our 
legacy and ethos as Marines, and responds to anticipated future 
challenges. As we prepare for 2025 and beyond, the Marine Corps 
must pay heed to combat-proven truths that have served the 
Nation well both in times of peril and in times of peace. It must 
also continue to refine its capabilities for a challenging future. 

In a world of dynamic change, some constants remain. The 
superior performance of the Marine Corps, in every environment, 
is one of those constants. Our creative and innovative mindset 
ensures that we are agile — adept at anticipating and preparing for 
events in an increasingly dangerous world. This agility is another 
constant. Whether in the littorals, where we are most comfortable, 
or in the mountains of a land-locked nation — Marines will adapt 
and prevail. We are, and will remain, prepared to fight and win 
when and where our Nation calls. 




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